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philosophize

[fi-los-uh-fahyz] /fɪˈlɒs əˌfaɪz/
verb (used without object), philosophized, philosophizing.
1.
to speculate or theorize, usually in a superficial or imprecise manner.
2.
to think or reason as a philosopher.
Also, especially British, philosophise.
Origin of philosophize
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; philosoph(y) + -ize
Related forms
philosophization, noun
philosophizer, noun
overphilosophize, verb (used without object), overphilosophized, overphilosophizing.
well-philosophized, adjective
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  • As our philosophizing friend Zacheus is so fond of saying, I have 'all the time there is.'

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • After all Carl Ludwig offered him ample freedom in philosophizing.

  • After lunch I smoked for an hour, star-gazing and philosophizing.

  • You have just started to live and already you are philosophizing!

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • He recognized the agreeable, philosophizing voice with pleasure.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • The hour and the season were suggestive of philosophizing, of theories, and questions.

    Acadia Frederic S. Cozzens
  • To suppress the activity of philosophizing is as impossible as to suppress the activity of breathing.

    The Complex Vision John Cowper Powys
  • He began to talk again, philosophizing about life generally and his own life.

    The Golden House Charles Dudley Warner
  • I'm not philosophizing: I'm crying aloud the reason of my sufferings.

    Three Plays Luigi Pirandello
British Dictionary definitions for philosophizing

philosophize

/fɪˈlɒsəˌfaɪz/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to make philosophical pronouncements and speculations
2.
(transitive) to explain philosophically
Derived Forms
philosophization, philosophisation, noun
philosophizer, philosophiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for philosophizing

philosophize

v.

1590s, from philosophy + -ize. Related: Philosophized; philosophizing. The earlier verb was simply philosophy (late 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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